Dodger Draft fun, 2013 version
The 2018 major league draft is just a few days away and everywhere you look you can see a draft story so instead of swimming against the tide, we will just flow with it.
CBS Sports did a breakdown of the 2013 major league draft in which both 2017 Rookies of the Year came from. They broke the list down by simply using WAR and it is an impressive draft with Kris Byrant, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Sean Manaea, Tim Anderson, and Jon Gray headlining the list.
The most fascinating part of the draft is that Houston had the number one pick and busted with Mark Appel. They could have picked Kris Byrant who many felt was the top pick in the draft. Imagine, busting on the number one overall pick and still winning a World Championship with mostly a home built team just four years later. They listed three big busts from the first round, Number one overall pick Mark Appel, 12th pick overall DJ Peterson by the Reds, and our Dodgers with the 18th pick overall, Chris Anderson.
Besides Cody Bellinger the only other picks that you could say have worked out were Jose De Leon way back in the 24th round. Jose may not have a future given his recent arm surgery but he had propelled himself far enough up as a prospect that the Dodgers were able to trade him in 2017 for Logan Forsythe. Kyle Farmer was an 8th round pick, and if your 8th round pick can make the major leagues you have to happy with that. We don’t know yet what Kyle Farmer is. He could simply be a backup catcher, a backup 3rd baseman, or he could continue to grow as a player and outpace either of those options.
You really hate to blow a number one pick as the Dodgers did on Chris Anderson but it also looks like they blew the number two as well by going for Tom Windle. Anderson is out of baseball, Windle is still struggling to make the major leagues. Brandon Dixon might have a future as he finally made the big leagues with Reds this season and is having a big season in AAA but at best is probably a major league utility player.
Just five years removed from this draft and most of these players have already washed out of the Dodger system.
Anderson out of baseball, Windle is in AAA with the Phillies, Dixon AAA/Majors with Reds, J.D Underwood was out of the system by 2015 (yikes), Rhame is in the Majors with the Mets but probably not for long, Trinkwon never got higher than A+ ball and has not played since 2016, Yate lasted just one professional season. Keener lasted just one professional season. So that is the rundown of the top ten picks.
Players still in the system that I recognize are Mike Ahmed and that is it.
This was the complete 2013 Dodger draft.
Year Rnd OvPck Signed Name Pos WAR G 2013 1 18 Y Chris Anderson(minors) RHP 2013 2 56 Y Tom Windle(minors) LHP 2013 3 92 Y Brandon Dixon(minors) 3B 7 2013 4 124 Y Cody Bellinger(minors) 1B 4.8 187 2013 5 154 Y J.D. Underwood(minors) 2013 6 184 Y Jacob Rhame(minors) RHP -0.5 19 2013 7 214 Y Brandon Trinkwon(minors) SS 2013 8 244 Y Kyle Farmer(minors) C 0.2 50 2013 9 274 Y Hank Yates(minors) LF 2013 10 304 Y Nick Keener(minors) RHP 2013 11 334 Y Spencer Navin(minors) C 2013 12 364 Y Adam Law(minors) 3B 2013 13 394 N Ty Damron(minors) LHP 2013 14 424 Y Michael Johnson(minors) LHP 2013 15 454 Y Billy Flamion(minors) LHP 2013 16 484 N Peter Miller(minors) RHP 2013 17 514 Y Greg Harris(minors) RHP 2013 18 544 Y James McDonald(minors) 2B 2013 19 574 Y Blake Hennessey(minors) SS 2013 20 604 Y Mike Ahmed(minors) LF 2013 21 634 Y James Baune(minors) RHP 2013 22 664 Y Jake Fisher(minors) LHP 2013 23 694 Y MJ Villegas(minors) RHP 2013 24 724 Y Jose De Leon(minors) RHP -0.8 3 2013 25 754 Y Kyle Hooper(minors) RHP 2013 26 784 Y Thomas Taylor(minors) RHP 2013 27 814 N Tanner Kiest(minors) RHP 2013 28 844 Y Crayton Bare(minors) LHP 2013 29 874 N Sam Finfer(minors) C 2013 30 904 Y Ryan Scott(minors) C 2013 31 934 N Andrew McWilliam(minors) 3B 2013 32 964 Y Rob Rogers(minors) RHP 2013 33 994 Y Tyger Pederson(minors) 2B 2013 34 1024 N Rob Cerfolio(minors) LHP 2013 35 1054 N Kaleb Holbrook(minors) C 2013 36 1084 N James Lynch(minors) RF 2013 37 1114 N Justin Dunn(minors) RHP 2013 38 1144 N Dillon Moyer(minors) SS 2013 39 1174 N Jake Sidwell(minors) C 2013 40 1204 N Matt Haggerty(minors) CF
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